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Daytime Prayer
Psalter, Monday Week IV

God, come to my assistance.
- Lord, make haste to help me.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. (Alleluia.)


Almighty Ruler, God of Truth,
Who guide and master all,
The rays with which you gild the dawn
With noonday heat now fall.

O quench the fires of hatred, Lord,
Of anger and of strife,
Bring health to every mind and heart
That peace may enter life.

Most holy Father, grant our prayer
Through Christ your only Son
That in your Spirit we may live
And praise you ever one.

Ralph Wright, 1808; Melody: St. Anne

At one of the hours, the psalms are said as below. At the other hours, the complementary psalms are used.


Antiphon 1: Lord, guide my steps according to your promise.

Psalm 119:129-136

Your will is wonderful indeed;
therefore I obey it.
The unfolding of your word gives light
and teaches the simple.

I open my mouth and I sigh
as I yearn for your commands.
Turn and show me your mercy;
show justice to your friends.

Let my steps be guided by your promise;
let no evil rule me.
Redeem me from man's oppression
and I will keep your precepts.

Let your face shine on your servant
and teach me your decrees.
Tears stream from my eyes
because your law is disobeyed. Glory...

Psalm Prayer: You are just, Lord God, and righteous are your judgments. Deliver those who cry to you in their affliction; give them peace and calm to reflect on your commands.

Antiphon: Lord, guide my steps according to your promise.

Antiphon 2: There is but one lawgiver and judge; who are you to judge your neighbor?

Psalm 82
Denunciation of evil judges
Do not attempt to judge another now; the Lord's coming will reveal all (1 Corinthians 4:5)

God stands in the divine assembly.
In the midst of the gods he gives judgment.

How long will you judge unjustly
and favor the cause of the wicked?
Do justice for the weak and the orphan,
defend the afflicted and the needy.
Rescue the weak and the poor;
set them free from the hand of the wicked.

Unperceiving, they grope in the darkness
and the order of the world is shaken.
I have said to you: 'You are gods
and all of you, sons of the Most High.'
And yet, you shall die like men,
you shall fall like any earthly princes."

Arise, O God, judge the earth,
for you rule all the nations. Glory...

Psalm Prayer: You are always true to your word, Father. Look down from heaven and put an end to our foolishness. Save us from groundless fears and help us to please you with undivided heart.

Antiphon:  There is but one lawgiver and judge; who are you to judge your neighbor?

Antiphon 3: I cried out to the Lord, and he heard me.

Psalm 120
Longing for peace
Be patient in suffering; persevere in prayer (Romans 12:12)

To the Lord in the hour of my distress
I call and he answers me.
O Lord, save my soul from lying lips,
from the tongue of the deceitful."

What shall he repay you in return,
O treacherous tongue?
The warriors arrows sharpened
and coals, red-hot, blazing.

Alas, that I abide a stranger in Meshech,
dwell among the tents of Kedar!

Long enough have I been dwelling
with those who hate peace.
I am for peace, but when I speak,
they are for fighting. Glory...

Psalm Prayer: You declared peacemakers happy, Lord Jesus, since they will be called sons of God. Give us that peace which the world cannot give so that your Church may be freed from the schemes of arrogant men, and, devoted to works of peace, go forward joyfully to meet you, the King of Peace.

Antiphon: I cried out to the Lord, and he heard me.

Terce (Midmorning)
Sext (Midday)
None (Midafternoon)


Leviticus 20:26
To me you shall be sacred; for I, the Lord, am sacred, I, who have set you apart from the other nations to be my own.

How happy are we who have the Lord for our God.
 - We are the people he chose as his inheritance.

God our Father,
work is your gift to us,
a call to reach new heights
by using our talents for the good of all.
Guide us as we work and teach us to live
in the spirit that has made us your sons and daughters,
in the love that has made us brothers and sisters.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.


Wisdom 15:1,3
You, our God, are good and true,
  slow to anger, and governing all with mercy.
To know you well is complete justice,
  and to know your might is the root of immortality.

Lord our God, you are tender and compassionate.
 - You are patient, most merciful and true to your word.

yours is the harvest and yours is the vineyard:
you assign the task
and pay a wage that is just.
Help us to meet this day's responsibilities,
and let nothing separate us from your love.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.


Baruch 4:21b-22
My children; call upon God,
  who will deliver you from oppression at enemy hands.
I have trusted in the Eternal God for your welfare,
  and joy has come to me from the Holy One
Because of the mercy that will swiftly reach you
  from your eternal savior.

Remember your tender mercies, Lord.
 - And the love you have shown us from of old.

you call us to worship you
at the hour when the apostles went to pray in the temple.
We offer our prayer in the name of Jesus:
may his saving power come to all
who call upon his name.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.

Let us praise the Lord.
- And give him thanks.

The English translation of Psalm Responses, Alleluia Verses, Gospel Verses from Lectionary for Mass 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation (ICEL); the English translation of Antiphons, Invitatories, Responsories, Intercessions, Psalm 95, the Canticle of the Lamb, Psalm Prayers, Non-Biblical Readings from The Liturgy of the Hours 1973, 1974, 1975, ICEL; excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.


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